CRRJ recently launched a partnership with the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP), through which five undergraduate and graduate students in the Birmingham area will work with CRRJ for the Fall 2021 semester.
The Jefferson County Memorial Project is a grassroots coalition composed of more than 35 community partners and a multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-sector, and multi-generational group of committed volunteers. JCMP’s goals include researching racial terror killings in the county; educating the public about this history; placing historical markers at lynching sites; and advocating for reforms.
Through this partnership, JCMP student fellows are investigating police killings and lynchings that occurred in Jefferson County, Alabama, under the supervision of CRRJ attorneys. The students are building on the work CRRJ previously conducted and shared in the 2020 Report, Police Killings in Jefferson County, Alabama: 1930-1970. Each student is investigating two cases and will engage in research and factual development, request relevant documents, and reach out to descendants of the decedent.